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  1. "Contractor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great supervisor, long deadlines, great pay

    Cons

    Not much work, most of it outsourced to agencies


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Flashback to the past."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some nice people, feeling of international importance, but that's probably simply down to the proximity of the UN. Great flashy but old-feeling offices, lovely interns. Does it look good on the CV? Not convinced. Nice sinecures to be had for those who want to get paid well for doing very little. Nice Parties, plenty of Ferro Rochers to be had.

    Cons

    3rd world operation. Lagging behind in management style and capability. Could do with some fresh blood at the top of the organisation. Not joined up at all and conduct behaviours last seen in the 70s. Lots of paper-based processes, rumours of senior management misbehaviour. Some bullying seen to be taking place. The whole operation feels old and in need of a colossal shake up.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in a proper management consultancy to determine a change programme and to sharpen up the reasons for their existence.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Legal Officer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    international, great economic conditions, good balance

    Cons

    international organisation, sometimes slow, bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    more career development


  4. Helpful (3)

    "How to waste your professional life..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Money, short working hours, long holidays, cantine...

    Cons

    Arrogant, pretentious, lazy and unfair management.

    Advice to Management

    Burn it down and rebuilt something. Private sector could probably handle Madrid and PCT. Everything else is pretty useless anyway.


  5. "Good employer with loads of family benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Home Leave, education grant ddddyyy fgfdsgdfg fsdf

    Cons

    Career progression is limited dfdsfdm jfasdhf ahsfdajshfd asjhfdj


  6. "Comfortable lethargy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well-paid (though Switzerland is expensive), nice offices, good location with views of the Alps and the Lake. Two decent canteens.

    Cons

    Old-style bureaucracy (nothing moves without a paper memo, circulated in a cardboard folder to all relevant persons); no common strategy or passion. Departments do not work together. A culture of entitlement, with poisonous staff-management relations exacerbated by a strident and legalistic staff association.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with your efforts to root out the dreadful staff association. Develop some esprit de corps around WIPO's mission. Stop shaving staff benefits - it looks mean-spirited; rather, get rid of the second raters instead. Implement with passion the objective of the WIPO Convention - to protect IP.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "It was a rewarding experience in a multicultural environment."

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    Current Employee - Fellow in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Fellow in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at WIPO full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The fellowship gave me exposure to international environment and it was well-paid contract. It was initially 3 month contract and ended up extending to 9 months. I enjoyed working there.

    Cons

    I didn't think that my supervisor qualified for what she is doing. It seems she got her position by connection. I don't know if it a general problem at WIPO; it is just my experience. The fellowship, although a great opportunity, didn't give me any stability whatsoever as I was given notice of extension only 3 weeks prior to the expiration of my contract. Nerve-wracking, I know!! Also, a recent policy forbid temporary employees from applying to the organization posts. Most positions do have short application's period. Not only I cannot apply to any position while working there, I should observe 2 months after the end of my contract before I can apply to anything.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the work environment. The weird thing is how come unqualified people get hired and continue working at WIPO despite the fact that given its nature, it must receive thousands of applicants, hundreds of which are overqualified to any position.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "WIPO: A Golden Cage"

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    Current Employee - Officer in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Officer in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at WIPO full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great salary, compensation package is huge.

    Cons

    Many managers at WIPO should never even get close to a managerial position. The Senior Management Team is mostly fighting between each other. The organization is extremely political and promotions are almost impossible if you don't have your government behind you or if you don't have strong backup within the organization. It's like a gold cage: Financially very good but intellectually it is an insult to work for WIPO.

    Advice to Management

    Management is beyond repair. Advice to WIPO Member States: Select a Director-General and Deputy DGs who know how to manage this house. Select people who have social intelligence and know how to motivate others. Professionals who care.


  9. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Bengaluru (India)

    Pros

    Global Exposure,Work Place is fine as well with good infrastructure

    Cons

    Growth and Fairness in Promotions

    Advice to Management

    Fairness in Promotions and Employee Movement to other Operations within Wipro


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great training, fair work distributions, room for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Examiner in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Assistant Examiner in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Recommends

    Pros

    Stability, international environment fairness, great employee benefits

    Cons

    promotions can be difficult to obtain if you are not pushed by the correct people


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